Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

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"Saratov Airlines flight #6W703 has crashed about 5-6 minutes after take off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow".

Unnamed investigators told Russian website that the pilot asked for emergency landing clearance after reporting some type of malfunction, according to the BBC. An emergencies ministry source told Interfax, "The plane crashed near the village of Argunovo". Other reports said one of the plane's engines may have exploded before the crash. While the cause of the crash remains uncertain, the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said officials have launched a criminal investigation.

Images which have emerged on Russian media show what appears to be debris from the plane in the snow.

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The plane - a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 - was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan. According to media reports from Russian Federation, everyone on the plane died.

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"Fragments of the An-148 and several bodies have been found near the village of Stepanovskoye", the agency said in a statement released by the state-run TASS news agency.

There are no survivors from a passenger plane that crashed near Moscow, Russia's transport minister has said.

It was unclear if there were any casualties among people on the ground at the crash site.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims' families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

The ministry said "rescue workers, ambulances and firefighters" headed to the site.

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